Thursday, January 16 2014 22:55

Review: The FUNNY OR DIE Game (Hasbro)

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Recommended for ages 13+, the FUNNY OR DIE game from Hasbro comes with a stern warning that it includes "images of extreme stunts that should not be recreated, mild nudity, and other content that might be offensive to some players." So, I did what any good "Rock Father" should, and proceeded to play it with a four-year-old... albeit in a slightly amended form. That's in addition to a few New Years rounds played "grownup-style," so I can give you a first-hand account of how it's meant to be played.

Buy FUNNY OR DIE from Amazon (affiliate)Loosely-based on Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's immensely popular website of the same name, FUNNY OR DIE is a simple game that posits interesting photos (some of which are sorta JACKASS in nature) against a series of potential captions, both pre-made and user-generated. Each player starts with 10 of the $1000 "bucks," one "Funny" token, one "Die" token, and five cards. Rolling a die (as in the singular of "dice") determines what will happen and the "buy-in" for the round, with the die reflecting a dollar amount and an action. Quite simply, players match up captions and photos, and their opponents judge them with the FUNNY OR DIE tokens. The player with the most FUNNY gets the pile of buy-in cash, and the game ends when the first player goes broke... the richest being deemed the winner.


The Rock Father verdict:

This is definitely a grownup game, but as the recommendation states, teens may dig it. I'm also going to say that some beverages geared toward the 21+ crowd (please be responsible) may also increase the fun factor of the game, though they are completely optional (but recommended by me). The play is simple, swift, and easy to learn, but lots of repeat play might find the game losing a little bit of it's luster.


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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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